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Dr Arthur Chapman
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Associate Professor in History Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

Before joining the UCL Institute of Education in 2013, I worked in education research and teacher education at the universities of Edge Hill (2010-13, Reader in Education), London (2008-2010, Lecturer History in Education) and Cumbria (2005-2008, Senior Lecturer, History in Education). Before taking up a full-time university post I worked as as a Head of Faculty, Head of History and teacher of History, Media Studies, Sociology and related subjects between 1993 and 2005 in Surrey and in Cornwall. In addition, I worked for Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education on summer school courses for adults between 2000 and 2011. My first degree is in History (Trinity College, Cambridge 1989) and my post-graduate degrees are in Social and Politicial Science (MPhil, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1991) and History in Education (EdD, Institute of Education, University of London, 2009). I also studied for a PGCE in History and English at the University of East Anglia (1993). I am managing editor of the History Education Research Journal, series editor of The International Review of History Education, series editor of the UCL Press book series Knowledge and the Curriculum and Deputy Director of the international open peer review journal Public History Weekly. I am a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association.

Research Summary

I research History in Education, the History of History Education and Public History and, as a member of the Centre for Holocaust Education's research team, I research education to address antisemitism.

In History in Education my special areas of interest include children's historical thinking, teaching and learning about historical interpretations and children's thinking about historical explanation.

In Public History I am particularly interested in public discourse around history and the uses of the past in contemporary societies.

Recent projects in Holocaust Education include survey research into teachers' thinking about teaching and learning the Holocaust and work on materials for teachers on the history of Bergen-Belsen. Since 2018 I have been engaged in curriculum research and development for OSCE-ODIHR and UNESCO on addressing antisemitism through education. 

I am currently engaged in classroom research on children's thinking about historical narrative and on intervention studies to improve causal reasoning.

I am the IOE co-investigator on the KOSS Network, focused on Knowledge and Quality in Subject Education, funded by the Swedish Research Council.


Teaching Summary

Teaching and Academic Leadership

  • Academic Head of Learning and Teaching in the Centre for Doctoral Education. 
  • Programme Leader, Doctor in Education (EdD)
  • Module Leader, Approaches to Educational Research (Online PhD)
  • Module Leader, Research and the Theoretical Field (Online PhD)

Research Superivision

  • I am interested in supervising doctoral research in all areas of History in Education, Historical Theory and Public History.

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